Four months before election day, incumbents running for reelection in the fall -- all Democrats --have significantly larger campaign warchests than those of their opponents, according to figures from the Federal Election Commission.
Such fund-raising prowess dims the prospects of Republicans to unseat any of the incumbents. The GOP had hoped the upset win of Scott Brown over Democrat Martha Coakley in the special Senate election earlier this year would broaden its appeal -- and fatten its coffers -- statewide. It has not happened.
Even in the race with the smallest gap, Democratic Representative Niki Tsongas has five times the amount of money on hand ($567,997) than her nearest opponent, Jonathan Golnik, a Republican businessman, with $112,814.
In the only open seat in the Bay State, the 10th Congressional District, Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating has substantially more in his coffers than his Democratic opponent, state Senator Robert O’Leary, $411,152 to $164,145. Both have outraised Republicans Jeffrey D. Perry, a state representative with $139,653, former state treasurer Joseph Malone $63,399, and Raymond Kasperowicz $1,888. The candidates are seeking to replace Representative William Delahunt, who is retiring.
Some entrenched incumbents have prodigious amounts of money, including Edward Markey, a 17-term representative from Malden, with $3,341,366, and Richard Neal, a 11-term representative from Springfield, with $2,974,164. Neal has been using that money to parcel out contributions to embattled Democrats across the nation in his effort to build support for a possible candidacy for chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Totals for the amount of cash in each congressional candidate's campaign account as of the end of June:
First Congressional District:
(incumbent) Representative John Olver (D) - $348,189
William Gunn (R) - $2,846
Michael Engel (I) - $15,700
(i) Representative Richard Neal (D) - $2,974,164
Jay Fleitman (R) - $15,899
Tom Wesley (R) - $23,431
(i) Representative James McGovern (D) - $822,957
Brian Herr (R) - $23,347
Martin Lamb (R) - $2,883
Patrick Barron (U) - $1,254
(i) Representative Barney Frank (D) - $981,168
Rachel Brown (D) - $1,131
Sean Bielat (R) - $95,076
Earl Sholley (R) - $11,153
(i) Representative Niki Tsongas (D) - $567,997
Jonathan Golnik (R) - $112,814
Robert Shapiro (R) - $2,851
Sam Meas (R) - $1,075
Michael Clark (U) - $566
Edward Brown (I) - $180
(i) Representative John Tierney (D) - $1,550,056
William Hudak (R) - $126,235
Robert McCarthy (R) - $26,261
(i) Representative Edward Markey (D) - $3,341,366
Gerry Dembrowski (R) - $3,241
(i) Representative Michael Capuano (D) - $15,243
(i) Representative Stephen Lynch (D) - $1,311,266
Mac D'Alessandro (D) - $71,672
Keith Lepor (R) - $415
Philip Dunkelbarger (U) - $877
William Keating (D) - $411,152
Robert O'Leary (D) - $164,145
Jeffrey Perry (R) - $139,653
Joseph Malone (R) - $63,399
Raymond Kasperowicz (R) - $1,888
Andrew Sheets (I) - $8,500
Source: Associated Press
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